You don’t recognize dementia for a long time. In fact, why would anyone want to recognize this disease in a much loved parent?
In retrospect, the dementia first came into our family several years ago. A stroke made the symptoms worse. We noticed clothes not being hung up, keys being lost, a concern about valuables being stolen, and more. And then there was the increasing anxiety about change and new people. We never put the whole picture together. I guess this is because we humans are so resilient that we try hard to recognize normal behavior whenever we can. Don’t we all forget where we put things and lose keys? Not to mention forgetting to hang up clothes.
However it was not any one or two characteristics but the configuration of them. And it still took an outside observer, a staff member and administrator who works with seniors in our Chesterbrook assisted living facility, to help us clearly understand. After that it sure was easy to look back to see and understand just how dementia creeps along into a life … and how it crept into ours.
Good Introductions to Dementia